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The best part about celebrating Chinese New Year this week was tasting some delicious Chinese food. We were very pleased that everybody had a taste and lots of the children cleared their plates! We also enjoyed using our Chinese Lion to perform our very own lion dances!
We also had another visit to the library to return our books. We had the chance to choose some lovely new stories that we can't wait to read!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Robbie Clary for remembering all the sounds we have learnt so far. I then made a word out of the sounds and Robbie was able to orally blend the sounds together to read the word “sat” Fantastic reading Robbie, keep up the amazing work! Leo Lowes for independently recognising the sounds s, a, e and l. He then correctly told me whose name card it was from our group. Great sound work Leo! And finally Dexter Coulson for his brilliant phonics work. He is able to confidently name and recognise all 4 of our new sounds and was brilliant when trying to write them. I am very proud of you Dexter!
We would just like to remind you that school is closed for a training day on Friday 15th February and will re-open after the half term holiday on Monday 25th February. We hope you all have a lovely break!
This week we have had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year. We have learnt all about how people celebrate Chinese New Year, tried on some traditional Chinese clothes, built dragons and practised writing some Chinese letters.
We would like to thank everybody that was able to attend our stay and play sessions this week. We hope you enjoyed exploring the nursery unit with your children and looking at their amazing work in their learning journals. Thank you for your continued support!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Sophie Pearson for settling so well into her new key worker group. Sophie is so enthusiastic and eager to learn each day. I am very proud of you Sophie! Mia Palin for doing an amazing job learning our jolly phonics sounds. She is able to confidently recognise and name the sounds; s, t and a. Keep up the great work Mia! Arthur Hendry for being a superstar when doing our Chinese Dragon dance this week. He danced his little socks off, with the biggest smile whilst doing so. When it was time to swap he then had a boogie while playing his instrument. Well done Arthur, I'm pleased you had such good fun! And finally Scarlett Campbell for her brilliant knowledge of shapes this week. She named a selection of shapes and even told me a semi-circle was "half a circle" Super shape work Scarlett!
Just a reminder that we will be visiting the local library with the children on Monday 11th February (pm) and Thursday 14th February (am) We would also like to remind you that we are off next Friday 15th as it is a teacher training day and we return after the half term holiday on Monday 25th February.
This week we talked about what birds like to eat. We noticed that there were no berries, worms or seeds for the birds in the nursery garden because it has been too cold! Therefore we decided to help the birds by making them some delicious bird feeders. The children have been keeping their eyes peeled for birds in the garden all week and were very excited to put their own bird feeders in their gardens.
We had lots of fun using 2D shapes to create fantastic snowmen. The children were able to describe the objects using words such as “round, long and short” Some of the children are also beginning to use the correct mathematical names for the shapes. The children are impressing us more and more each week!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Zac Cooper for making a snowman with a range of shapes and objects. He was a superstar at naming the shapes he was using. He blew my socks off when he told me “that's a semi-circle for his mouth” What a fantastic snowman Zac! Freddie Sproat for his amazing sound work. He was able to recognise our new sound; a and did a fantastic job when practising to write it telling me “around the apple and down the leaf” Well done Freddie! Levi-Lucas McManus for his brilliant behaviour this week. He has been so kind and caring towards his friends and the birds when making them a bird feeder. And finally Abigail Bowes for showing great care and concern for the birds in the garden. She was worried they wouldn't see the bird feeders so drew a bird so they would know where to go! What a thoughtful idea Abigail! Keep up the hard work everybody!
Just a reminder that it is our stay and play sessions next week on Monday 4th of February (12:30-3pm) and Thursday 7th of February (9-11:45am) We hope to see you all then!
This week we have been investigating ice and searching for it in the nursery garden. We talked about what ice is made from and how the water turns into ice. Some of us got a very urgent letter from the penguins at the North Pole. Some of their friends had been frozen by Jack Frost and they needed help rescuing them. The children had some brilliant suggestions such as “lighting a candle and holding it up, putting them in the oven and smashing the ice”
We have now started learning Jolly Phonics and learnt our first sound. The children were great at sorting objects according to their initial sound and had lots of fun searching for the “s” sound all over nursery. I wonder if they can find any “s” sounds at home too!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Ashton Allerton for doing some brilliant phonics work. He was able to sort the objects according to their initial sound and was so eager to find the “s” sound all over nursery. Keep up the hard work Ashton! Rowan Freeman for his brilliant knowledge about ice. He was able to tell me what it is made from and understood why it was melting. Great work Rowan! Jak Beasley as he has blown my socks off when we played a game together. Jak was able to confidently follow two part instructions. We then swapped roles and Jak gave me an instruction saying “baby elephant on bed” Great work Jak! And finally Cameron Bonarius-Burns for settling so well into our new key worker group. This week we started to learn the phonic sound “s”. Cameron tried so hard to form the letter on the interactive whiteboard. A great start to our key worker group Cameron, keep up the hard work!
This week we have been learning all about winter. We were so lucky to experience our first snowy day of the year and the children had lots of fun playing with the snow and ice in the nursery garden.
We have also been putting our number knowledge to the test this week and have played some very fun number games. We passed the snowman around a circle and took it in turns to pull out a number. The children were so good at recognising numbers 1-5. We have also been doing some brilliant counting and throwing the snowball at the corresponding number.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Archie Spencer as he always tries his very best at everything he does. I was so proud of him when he wrote his name in the snowman, your writing is improving week by week. Keep practising Archie, well done! Neve Dunn for settling so well and joining in at group time. She did an amazing job at counting the snowballs. Well done Neve! Amelia Westwood as she now comes to nursery with no tears and has settled so well into her new nursery. Keep up the great work Amelia! Dakota Bilgin-Darvishi for matching the sounds to build his name. He is beginning to name some sounds in his name telling me “that's d and that's a” Fantastic work Dakota!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and a happy new year! The children have come back to nursery very settled and eager to learn! We have been getting back into the swing of nursery routines this week and have had lots of fun getting to know our new friends. The children have been so kind and have done a brilliant job looking after our new starters! We are very proud of you all for being so grown up.
We would also like to say a huge well done to all of our new starters, as they have done so well on their first week at nursery. It is fantastic to see that there were very little tears and the children are starting to form friendships already. Well done everybody!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Skye Johnson as it has been lovely to see her seeking out her friends to play alongside. She has so much fun playing with her friends with the Peppa Pig toys. I am very proud of your progress Skye! Gracie-May Walton for settling so well into her new nursery. She has been a brilliant big sister to Mason and has taken such good care of him whilst he is at nursery. What a kind and caring little girl you are! Holly Symcox as she has been busy making models all week. She carefully selected her resources then set to work making handbags, shakers and presents for her mam. Holly you have been a superstar this week, well done. And finally Brooklyn Wade for having a fantastic first week at nursery. He has joined in at group time and loved playing the musical instruments. Well done Brooklyn keep up the great work!